The best was saved for us. Sunny skies, a little cooler and dryer weather bring out so many smiles on everyone's faces. Everywhere I went on Monday morning, I was greeted with "Don't you just love this weather?" And how could I disagree? The mustard color of the goldenrod and white autumn clematis vines make the absolutely correct background to this lovely fall weather.
On Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 pm, the Oak Bluffs Library will once again present an Author's Talk with Tom Dresser discussing his book "African Americans on Martha's Vineyard: From Enslavement to Presidential Visit." People were not able to hear Tom this summer because the library ran out of room so he was asked to return. A question and answer session will follow his talk and refreshments will be served.
Adult and Community Education of MV (ACE MV) will hold a Course Sampling Fair and registration on Tuesday, Sept. 28, at the high school from 5:30 to 7 pm, with walk-in registration at the same time the following night, September 29. Register any time for fall classes online at www.acemv.org.
The Edgartown School is participating in the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program through March 25, 2011. The school can earn cash through this program. If you can help out this Island school, log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus and choose "Register your Card" from the A+ menu found under "Our Stores" to register your card online. Then, each time you shop at Stop & Shop using your Stop & Shop Card, you will earn cash for the school.
The Oak Bluffs School is also busy with projects. They need to solicit community volunteers to be a part of the School Advisory Council (SAC). Presently, there is only one community member, and they would like a few more. SAC is an important body as it helps the school make recommendations to the school committee regarding things like budget allocations, budget reductions, and our School Improvement Plan. Here is your chance to make your voice and ideas for the school heard.
Both the middle school homework club (grades 6 through 8) and after-school library (grades 3 through 5) started up again on Monday, Sept. 20. Ms. Plesz, Ms. Lawson, and Ms. Macias will run this program Monday through Thursday from 2:45 to 4 pm in the library. After-School Library is for students in grades 3 through 5 and runs for the same days and times as Homework Club. Ms. Howard and Ms. DeBettencourt will run this club. Both clubs will be meeting in the library. Permission slips have been given to students to take home and have signed by parents.
A reminder that the Meadow Farms Fundraiser runs through October 1 and that the 8th-grade auction is October 3.
The Martha's Vineyard Cultural Council (MVCC), part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, is gearing up for its annual granting meeting in November. This year the council will have close to $30,000 to supplement local projects in the arts, humanities, and interpretative sciences. If interested, come join council members in the dining room of the Howes House (opposite Alley's General Store) in West Tisbury on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 6 pm.
The Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven. Admission is $10, or $7 for Film Society members.
Katie Mayhew has been invited to perform on October 6 in London at Cadogan Hall, home of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Katie and her family are being flown over, all expenses paid, on October 2.
We send birthday smiles to Ken Davey and Annabelle Metell on September 24, Dustin Shaw on the 25th, Dennis Rose, Lauren Metell, and Keilla Geddis on Sept 27, and Martin Moreis, Raymond Dahill, and Zachery Mathias on the 28th.
Lorrie Pinckney of Norris Ave in Oak Bluffs wants to tell us that on September 24, 2010, her super husband, Napoleon Pinckney, turns 90 years of age! They plan on spending the day quietly with a Dairy Queen cake and presents.
Enjoy your week.