Welcome 2011. For many it means the hope of a better year ahead and yet some look back with enjoyment at the events of last year. For me a statement my mother made shortly before she died that, "the only things she regretted were the things she didn't do" reinforces my determination to do those things that I hesitated to do before. So I am learning to enjoy the moment.
I was lucky enough to experience an act of random kindness last Friday when I was in Rosebuds to pick up a newspaper. The young man in front of me told the clerk, "I have these items and I am paying for her (mine) newspaper too." It was so unexpected and even though, perhaps just a small gesture, it lifted my spirits for the rest of the day. So thank you to that person and I will definitely pass it on.
We send condolences to the family of Helen White who died last week.
MV Women's Network next meeting will be Tuesday, January 11 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Mansion House in Vineyard Haven. The topic will be Goal Setting: GPS Your Life and Career.
The monthly e-newsletter for the news of Martha's Vineyard Donors' Collaborative will continue after all. This is a free service for all 501(c)3 organizations. Information must be received by the second Monday of each month. By signing up for the e-newsletter (firstname.lastname@example.org) you can be assured of getting news about the events, services and announcements of many nonprofit organizations and more.
The Mansion House is hosting an Island Slumber Party during the month of January to celebrate Sherm and Susie Goldstein's 26 years as Innkeepers. All Vineyarders are invited to book a room for $26 per person based on double occupancy. All Inn guests enjoy free use of the health club, classes, pool, along with complimentary breakfast in Zephrus. For more information call 508-693-2200. This should help make the dreary winter months a little more appealing.
Ace MV Classes start January 10. Register or get info online at www.acemv.org.
For those of us who have always thought about writing for kids, Kate Feiffer is teaching a children's book writing class on Tuesday evenings as part of ACE MV.
Now here is an appealing event offering tasty food and some socializing at the same time. "Stone Soup" at the Stone Church, Christ UMC, corner of Church & William Streets in Vineyard Haven will be serving a no-cost community lunch on Saturday, January 8 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The lunch will feature homemade corn chowder, breads, dessert, and beverage and all are welcome.
We send birthday smiles to Michael Araujo and Patricia Costa on January 6, and Brenda Leonard on the 10th. Grandson Sam Alley and Richard Combra Jr. on Jan. 11, and Jack deBettencourt and Richard Mavro on the 12th.
Birthday smiles for the month of January to Woodside Village residents Joan Hyer, Bill Thorp, Claire Currier, Ira Yaffee, Frances Maciel, and Henry Kelly, and Aidlyberg Village residents Nata Metell and Arlaine DeLancey.
Enjoy your week.