Town Column : Oak Bluffs
The squirrels have found their way back after the snowstorm, and birds have once more started to feed at the suet and seed feeders. Most of the leaves have disappeared from the trees in the forest park behind the house so now when I look out it almost appears that I can see all the way to County Road. The dogs are more and more reluctant to go out for routine walks and Sophie tries desperately to disappear into the cushions of the sofa when it is her turn. And when I insist, she turns those sad eyes toward me as if saying, "Do I really have to leave this warm space?" So, like her, are most of us who do not venture out casually during this drab, silent cold season unless absolutely vital. If the groundhog was right, we have six more weeks of this to look forward to. But keep your chin up because, as happens every year, warmer days are coming.
The Learning Basic Computer Skills II program will take place on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 10:45 to noon at the Oak Bluffs Library. Learn more about Windows operating systems and there will also be time to ask specific computer questions that you may have. Some prior computer experience is necessary. Call the library for more information.
The Children's programs at the library will be very busy. Tomorrow at the age 6 to 10 story time from 3:30 to 4:30 you will read about Valentines Day for the first half hour and make Love boxes for the second and you may decide whether to keep them or give them away. Then on Saturday there will be a Valentine Making Workshop from 10:30 to 11:45 am. Supplies will be provided, but you must bring the creativity to make gorgeous valentines for the special people in your life. The pre-school Story Time on Feb. 13 at 10:30 am will also have a Valentines Day theme and craft.
We send birthday smiles to Michael Edward Perry III, who turned the marvelous one on Jan. 29, David Madeiras who partied on Jan. 21, and Adam Barmakian and Nelson deBettencourt on Feb. 10.
The Act of Random Kindness Award goes to all those kind-hearted people who shoveled or plowed people out during our snowstorm. A special thank-you to Eric who bailed us out.
On Feb. 15, the Friday Conversations speaker at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center will be Joseph Soares of the Cape Light Compact. Joe will speak about rate trends and future plans. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am.
Don't forget. Thursday, Feb. 14, is Valentines Day. Now I have given you enough of a head start so you have time to think of something special for that special someone.
The Martha's Vineyard Hoops Club, which benefits the Girls and Boys basketball teams, is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner at the PA Club in Oak Bluffs. The supper will be Monday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8:30 pm. For more information, you may call Bobby Brown at 508-939-0270.
The Martha's Vineyard Garden Club invites all who might be interested to attend their monthly club meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Wakeman Center on Lambert's Cove Road, at 1 pm. The program will be "Dried Flower Arranging" with Teresa Yuan. It's free for members and costs guests $5. If you have questions, please call Mary Ellen Hill at 508-693-4545.
Oak Bluffs School report cards for grades K through 5 were mailed out on Monday, so keep a lookout for them.
The absentee line phone number for the school is 508-696-7740. Please call this number if your child is going to be absent. If you have not called and your child is absent, you will be called at your house to verify that your child is under your supervision. This is strictly for safety reasons only.
A reminder that Feb. 25 through 29 is school vacation week.
Save Saturday, Feb. 16, at 5:30 pm for the Spindrift marionettes program "Cupid and Psyche." The show, which is appropriate for children over five and adults, starts at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Society at 236 Main St. in Vineyard Haven. Zambian crafts will be on sale and all proceeds will benefit the Mama Bakhita Center for Disable children and Upeme Orphanage in Zambia.
Stay warm and enjoy your week.