One of the special pleasures of summer is casual dining. Helen Burt says the barbecue chicken dinner on Saturday night is "all you can eat" for only $12, $6 for children. Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 pm at the Parish Hall of the First Baptist Church on William Street. Or you can take out a plate of the delicious food for a picnic elsewhere.
This Sunday evening at 8 pm is your last chance this summer to enjoy the Vineyard Haven Band at Owen Park. Picnics enhance the experience here.
Pilates instructor Brenda Correa will lead a free class at 5:30 pm on Sunday at the Mansion House. The Animal Shelter of MV has scheduled an evening with jazz legend Ramsey Lewis at the high school Performing Arts Center. This benefit concert is Sunday at 7:30 pm. Learn more at islandliveentertainment.com.
Join Kate Feiffer for "Morning Coffee & Children's Books" at the Louisa Gould Gallery. She will be there each morning from 8:30 to 10:30 am next week Monday through Thursday.
Ginger Duarte invites birders to the annual meeting of the M.V. Garden Club on Tuesday at 1 pm at the Old Mill in West Tisbury. Gazette columnist Soo Whiting will talk about How Birds Have Changed. For guests the cost is $5.
Remember, Tuesdays mean lobster rolls and chowder at the American Legion Hall, across from the school.
Michael Kobran continues with his series on Political Leaders of WW II. Tuesday's program is called "Churchill, from Appeasement to Determination in Great Britain." The talk begins at 7:30 pm at the Stevens Chapel, 238 Main Street, one block north of the V.H. Library.
Tuesday evening Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart will take you back in time. "African Queen" will be shown August 17 at 7 pm at the V.H. Library. Remember this one? During WWI in Africa, a gin-swilling riverboat captain is persuaded by a strait-laced missionary to use his boat to attack an enemy warship. Free and popcorn, too.
Here's a grand opportunity: Meet Jules Feiffer on Wednesday at 7 pm at the V.H. Library. Feiffer's Pulitzer Prize-winning comic strip ran for 42 years in more than 100 papers. He'll talk about his new memoir "Backing Into Forward." Clearly the Friends of the V.H. Library don't take the summer off: they will hold a reception following this free event. Arrive early, there is limited parking near the library.
On the 21st the M.V. Film Society features the film "Carnal Knowledge" at the Cornell Theatre made from Jules Feiffer's screenplay.
Also on the 21st, a week from Saturday, you are invited to the Louisa Gould Gallery's seven-year anniversary. Celebrate from 5 to 7 pm with live music and refreshments. And enjoy the art.
Don't forget the library book sale on Saturday, Aug. 21, from 1 to 3 pm.
Melvin Thornhill will teach the AARP Driver's Safety Class at the Senior Center a week from Tuesday, on August 24 from noon to 5 pm. Registration is required 508-696-4205. There is a fee of $10 for AARP. Learn how to accommodate some issues we face as we age. Sandy Whitworth says many auto insurance companies offer a discount for class certification.
You can get all kinds of information on the Tisbury town website www.tisburyma.gov. It's a little outdated — the Selectmen's agenda is for July 20, and some other items don't work. Data is available on fees and licenses. You can get an absentee ballot application ready to print out and mail to the town clerk. If you click on the Council on Aging, you get the latest events or can subscribe to COA news.
Congratulations to Skip and Carol Bailey. They celebrate 16 years of wedded bliss this Saturday.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out on Sunday to Ray Frazio and Braden Kuehne. Tuesday belongs to Gus Daniels. Wish the best on Wednesday to Larry Levine and Kathy Welch. Happy birthday to Jeff Damon Pratt and Alistair Rizza. They party next Thursday.
Heard on Main Street: Nothing great happens until after you're 40 (Coco Chanel).