The daffodils will arrive next Tuesday. Look for them for sale on Wednesday morning. You can support the American Cancer Society and enjoy spring sunshine at the same time. Buy your pretty flowers at Cronig's from 10 am until they're sold out. You can also get them at the hospital, outside the cafeteria, from 10 am on. Thanks again to Dorothy Bangs, who makes this possible.
This year the first wave of Baby Boomers turn 65. The folks at the Senior Center want the new seniors to know about their services. On Wednesday there will be a short information session at the center at 12:15 pm about the Medicare system. What is Medicare A? How about Medicare B? How do you get prescription coverage? How do you find the right plan?
Some think that with Medicare, you do not have to worry about health insurance or that Medicare covers everything. You need to learn about supplemental insurance. Bring a sandwich and coffee will be served. The free, confidential health insurance counseling program will be explained.
Best wishes for a rapid recovery go to Bill McGrath. He had some major knee repair last weekend.
Next Tuesday at 7 pm see a love story at the Vineyard Haven Library, a story about how in the winter of a life, the summer is remembered. A teacher wants to give his knowledge to the next generation and a farm girl wants to share her soul with the man she loves. This is a foreign film called "Road Home" (in Mandarin with English subtitles), starring Zhang ZiYi ("Crouching Tiger").
On Wednesday the library will provide a movie and popcorn for children aged 5 and up. The story is about small dogs dealing with puppy mayhem. Then on Thursday afternoon, children aged 5 and up are invited to a puppet show featuring an Irish tale followed by crafts from 3:30 to 4:30.
You have to sign up for Wednesday's class on Chinese Cooking with Gloria Wong and Friends. Audrey Leaf will make her delicious Crab Rangoon. Father Rob, rector at Grace Episcopal Church, enjoys making hot and sour soup and will show how to make his specialty. Beth LeBeau will make chop suey and chow mein. Gloria will be teaching us the basics with her ingredients for stir-fry. The class begins at 5:30 pm. Sign up at V. H. Library.
On Thursday evening the Great Decisions discussion group continues with a discussion on sanctions and non-proliferation. Have sanctions been successful? Join the group and learn about the variations.
Duncan MacDonald showed me the March issue of Yankee Magazine, which devotes a full page to artist Allen Whiting, with a charming photo of Allen as he relaxes in his studio with a number of his paintings in the background. Duncan was Food Editor at Yankee for 15 years.
As a benefit for the M.V. Center for Living, you can learn about the contributions of the Portuguese community on our island. Lunch is Saturday at noon at the Grill in Edgartown. Tickets ($25) are available from Director Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.
Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Sue Merrill and Dorothy Gould. Dorothy was born at midnight so she might celebrate tomorrow as well, along with Nan Carter. Saturday is a big day for Mark Daniels, James Taylor, Barbara Howell, Janet Sylvia, and Kevin Voyer. Wow. Happy birthday, all. Party time for these five. Wish the best on Tuesday to Carolyn Henderson, Jib Ellis, and Jay Segel.
Heard on Main Street: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 am on Sunday morning. Spring ahead one hour. Don't forget or you'll be late for church.