Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The days and nights have turned so cold that when I awake in the night, I welcome, for a change, the weight of Sophie, my yellow lab curled up on my feet. Instead of wishing and pushing her off the bed, I enjoy the warmth of all 96 pounds of her, but have to be alert to her attempts to push me off so she can have my bed and blankets to herself. Still there are some brave folk continuing to do their daily walks or runs, seemingly oblivious to the icy roadways and chilly wind. Weather does not seem to affect the many programs that we may participate in and that would keep us so occupied that before we know it, spring will be here. One good thing is that the cold has brought the birds back to the seed and suet feeders. My grandmother used to call that "cupboard love."
Come and join the Scrabble group at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. Every Saturday morning from 10 am to 12 noon this group meets to play for fun or competitively. All ages and levels are welcome. You may call the library for more information at 508-693-9433.
There will also be February movie matinees on Saturdays at 3 pm during the month. The latest DVD releases will be shown on their big screen. You may call the library for the title of the upcoming week's movie.
The Cake Walk at the school scheduled for Jan. 26 has to be rescheduled because more adults are needed to run it. The new date will be announced soon.
And for you who would like a different winter learning experience, the Martha's Vineyard Women's Network will hold a class in learning to play poker. If you are interested head for The Wharf in Edgartown on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 1 pm. The program runs until 4 pm and is open to all with a $15 admission fee.
This same group is also holding a seminar titled "Strong Women, Powerful Financial Strategies." For more info and location, you may call 508-696-6344 and find out how you can begin the New Year with sound financial advice.
The Oak Bluffs Council on Aging still offers many programs for many different interests. Just to name a few, you may enjoy classes in chair caning, ladies bridge, woodcarving, cribbage, watercolor needlework, knitting and men's cards. For more information on any of these programs, call Rose at 508-693-4509.
The Federated Church of Edgartown is sponsoring a spaghetti supper on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 5 to 7 pm for the benefit of PeaceQuilts, a sister project of the Fish Farm for Haiti. Glenna Barkan and many women from the Oak Bluffs Senior Center donated their time and talents in assisting PeaceQuilts to get off the ground.
The fourth Grade Winner's Circle group, the Vineyard Champs, visited Second Chance Animal Rescue last week and learned about the expenses Second Chance has in caring for the animals in their care. In order to help, this group has decided to use their recess and lunchtime to sponsor a bake food sale. The sale will be held tomorrow from 11:25 to 12:15 in the school lobby. They would love to have you help them raise funds by coming to the bake sale.
Doesn't everyone love babies? Now with the birth of Annie Grace Combra, there is a new baby to admire and love in Oak Bluffs. Annie was born on Jan. 10 in Boston and is most welcomed by her parents Jennifer and Richard Combra Jr. and siblings Sophie and Richie.
We send birthday smiles and special happy birthday wishes from his family to SSG Michael K. Blake who celebrated his 30th birthday on Jan. 23 and Megan Klein today. Jan. 25 is the birthday day for Wayne Barrett and Julia Bettencourt and on Jan. 30 Otis Rogers will have his party.
We send special get-well wishes to Peter Williamson who remains a patient in the hospital in Boston. We are all thinking of him and his family and hope he will soon be home here again.
Send your news along to me please, but remember the deadline is Monday at noon.
Enjoy the week.