Oak Bluffs Town Column

By Megan Alley - November 29, 2007
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The calendar says it is just about December and my yard certainly looks it with the bushels of leaves the Oaks have so generously donated to this area. But amazingly I can still find a blossom of summer pink on the Azalia bush and several rose-colored buds keep opening on the rhododendrons. If nature is confused at this time of year, is it any wonder that sometimes I forget which direction I am going in with everything that is going on in my life right now? Family visitors, hunting season, and keeping track of who has to be where when, just to name a few distractions, keep me in a spin. I have to remind myself that now is the time to make time to relax and be an observer of our colorful surroundings and enjoy the moment.

Our condolences to the family and friends of Orland "Orlie" Alwardt who passed away last week. He will be missed by wife Carla, children Brian, Valerie, Maryanne, and Pam and his grandchildren. We are so very sorry.

Sharpen you pencils and dig out your calendars because December is just about here and along come numerous events that will provide interest for everyone.

Tomorrow from 10 to 11:30 am the guest speaker at the Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center will be Ted Amaral of TRI which is a Program Delivery consultant for implementation of HUD grants for low and moderate income families. These grants are used to correct safety or building code or health code violations. The monies are provided by HUD, and TRI administers and manages the repairs.

The MSPCA Santa Photo Day and first annual "Paws To Remember" tree lighting celebration will be held on Sat., Dec. 1 from 11 am to 3 pm. There will be hot cider, refreshments and treats for the animals and an opportunity for a photo with Santa in his sleigh. Buy a bulb for $10 in memory of a special pet. The MSPCA is looking for alumni dogs to participate in this year's Christmas in Edgartown holiday parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 am and they will get their alumni bandana to wear for the festivities.

On Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 6 pm, the Oak Bluffs library will be showing a new documentary on the library's big screen. "Before Flying Back To The Earth" has received numerous awards. Please call the library for more information at 508-693-9433.

Also, stop by the Hospice of Martha's Vineyard Holiday fund-raising event "Handmade from the Heart" on Dec. 8 during Christmas in Edgartown. Once again the Dr. Daniel Fisher House will be the setting for their gala display of handmade garments, specialty items, crafts, decorations and delicious baked goods. This gift showcase will dazzle you with the creativity of its donated items, all for sale to benefit Hospice. If you would like to donate any of your handcrafted, handmade, or home-baked goods for this sale, please contact the Hospice office at 508-693-0189.

The annual Holiday Bazaar at the Oak Bluffs School will be held on Dec. 15 from 10 am to 4pm. There will be various vendors, baked goods, homemade soups and meals to go and a visit from Santa with photo time. For information on tables you may contact Rachel Araujo at d4r1araujo@aol.com or call 508-696-6940. In conjunction with the bazaar, the eighth grade class is also selling money calendars for $20 each. From Dec. 8 through Dec. 22, they will be giving away a total of $2,200 of Holiday Cash and are only selling 500 calendars

Birthday smiles go to Yvonne Ponte on Nov. 28, Bill Anderson Sr. on Dec. 4, and Mary MacDonald, Francis Bernard, and Lynn Rebello on Dec. 7. Enjoy your week.