Town Column : Oak Bluffs
If you would like to learn more about a specific computer topic, make an appointment to work one-on-one with a librarian at the Oak Bluffs Public Library. You can learn how to use email, search the web or the Library's Online Catalog (to find books, DVDs, CDs, and more) or learn another computer skill of your choice. Call the library and make a free appointment today at 508-693-9433. On Thursday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 pm, the library will host a Supernatural book talk by author and ghost tour guide, Holly Nadler. Holly will discuss her latest book, "Vineyard Supernatural: True Ghost Stories from America's Most Haunted Island." Refreshments and ghost stories will be served, so call 508-693-9433 for more details.
PeaceCraft volunteers are seeking a donated space and more volunteers to host their annual sale of crafts from third-world self-help projects. Organized here annually since 1997, this holiday season sale of beautiful handmade gifts helps fund projects in the poorest areas of our world, and the Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm for Haiti Project. For more information, please contact Margaret Penicaud at 508-693-0368.
Remember this Saturday at 6 pm at the PA Club is the start of the eighth-grade auction that finances its eighth grade school trip in the spring. There will be a silent and live auction with many wonderful prizes. The PTO Halloween Party potluck dinner is on Sunday, Oct. 26, from 3 to 6 pm.
This year's Trick or Treat for UNICEF (United Nation's Children Fund) fundraiser is in honor and memory of Lois DeBettencourt, a long-time SAC member and an enthusiastic advocate of the Trick or Treat for UNICEF campaign. The mission of UNICEF is to help realize the rights of all children, as Lois was deeply committed to children. Their goal this year is to raise at least $930 - enough money to buy five school-in-a-box kits to educate 400 students. It can be done with the help and understanding and support of the community for this fundraiser.
All are welcome to the Monday night community suppers, which will begin again on October 27 at 5 pm at the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church. Come share good food and good company.
Jane Hawkes of Vineyard Village at Home will be the guest speaker at the October 31 Friday Conversations program at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am. Jane will give an overview of this 501c(3) organization, which offers help with everyday living, referral services, home help services, free rides to medical appointments, shopping plus more.
This will be a year to remember for Sandra and Nelson deBettencourt as this year they have a grandchild in every single grade at the Oak Bluffs School. Here is the list: kindergarten, Andrew Marchand; grade 1, Nicole deBettencourt; grade 2, Abbey Marchand; grade 3, Molly deBettencourt; grade 4, Ben deBettencourt; grade 5, Kaitlyn Marchand; grade 6, Emily deBettencourt; grade 7, Kat deBettencourt and Matt Marchand; grade 8, Michael deBettencourt. Can anyone remember another family where this has happened in the school? I would love to hear from you.
Today is the annual meeting for the African Artists' Community Development Project. The meeting is at 10 am at 42 Skiff Avenue in Vineyard Haven. Everyone interested in their efforts to help African Artists find larger markets and to provide medical and educational support for African children is welcome.
Birthday smiles this week to Liz Field on the 23rd, Chris Look III the next day, and Ann Baird on Saturday. Ashley DePriest celebrates on the 27th, Simone McCarthy on the 28th, and Felicia Taylor and Eleanor Tompkins share the 29th.
Enjoy your week and send your news along to me