Town Column : Oak Bluffs
We send happy Valentine's Day greetings to everyone on Sunday, Feb. 14.
Today at 5:30 pm, the 2010 American Cancer Society Relay For Life planning and information meeting will take place at the M.V. Rod and Gun Club in Edgartown.
The Oak Bluffs girls' semi-final basketball game is a home game against West Tisbury on February 9 with the winner going to the finals. February 11: Boys basketball at O.B. vs. Tisbury. Finals are scheduled for February 17 at the regional high school.
The annual second-grade Island Food Pantry food drive ends tomorrow. Students from the second grade have been collecting donations from every classroom each day. And you may drop off donations today and tomorrow at the school office. The Island Food Pantry helps to provide assistance to more than 300 Island families that come to the pantry for help. This year will mark the 21st year of food collecting at the Oak Bluffs School.
Margaret Pénicaud has sent an update from the Fish Farm for Haiti. Their relief team member, Kerry Brenner, has successfully escorted two of the three orphans from Port-au-Prince to the States. Kerry and Christian Ayotte's presence in Haiti at this time was fortuitous. Christian is staying on in Haiti to help make arrangements to set up an orphanage in the countryside outside Port-au-Prince and establish a relief mission site at the Martha's Vineyard Fish Farm Project in Lilavois. All of the fundraising efforts taking place on Martha's Vineyard and elsewhere are deeply appreciated. Thanks to Trip Barnes of Barnes Moving and Storage, a container has been set up in the field next to the parking lot of St. Augustine's Church where items that are most needed in Haiti at the time are being collected. Rainy season is approaching so the priority at the moment is to provide shelter to relief workers and families of the poor from the rain by collecting tarps, blankets, emergency relief tents, and shelter boxes. If you feel you or your organization would like to help fill the container, please contact Margaret at fishfarmhaiti.org. For the next container, the focus will be on medical supplies and equipment.
The Martha's Vineyard Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 1 pm at the Wakeman Center. Mike Huben will speak on The Magic of Hybridizing Daylilies. A hospitality hour will follow the program, in addition to light refreshments. Admission for members is free and $5 for guests.
The series of computer classes offered at the Oak Bluffs Public Library are filled to capacity. The library will continue to sign up alternates for the classes so that if someone cancels their seat will be filled.
There are two displays at the library for Black History Month. The Martha's Vineyard chapter of the NAACP created a display at the library to honor former presidents of the local chapter and to commemorate the centennial celebration of the NAACP. The library also created a display consisting of materials related to Black History Month, including the highly acclaimed African American National Biography, Africana, the Underground Railroad: an encyclopedia of people, places, and operations, and Harlem Renaissance lives.
The guest speaker at Friday Conversations at the Oak Bluffs Senior Center February 12 will be Kaye Flathers, founder and past executive director of Women Empowered. The program runs from 10 to 11:30 am.
The Capawock Theatre will screen the 70th anniversary Blu-ray version of "Gone With The Wind" on President's Day, Monday, Feb. 15, at 2 pm. This screening is to benefit Island Food Pantry and admission is at least one non-perishable food item.
The League of Women Voters of M.V. (LWV) will celebrate their 90th birthday at Zephrus Restaurant on President's Day and you can join the party. Plan to treat yourself to a great meal out and give the League a nice birthday present at the same time at no additional cost. Call 508-693-3416 now to make your dinner reservations for Monday, Feb. 15, between 5 and 9 pm. Zephrus will be open to the public with the LWV of M.V. collecting a portion of the proceeds.
Also celebrating a landmark birthday is Phillips Hardware, which is holding a 15-percent off storewide sale until February 20. This is to celebrate their 82nd year of doing business on Circuit Avenue.
We send birthday smiles to Cody Pachico whose birthday is today, to the deBettencourt brothers Eric and Michael and Lorraine Mavro on the 15th, followed by Carol deBettencourt and Kathy Farrissey on February 16.
Enjoy your week.