The Chilmark Library announces it will have a Friday night family movie series running for eight weeks from now through February. The movies will be entertaining for almost all ages and will range from rated G to PG-13. Popcorn and juice will be offered courtesy of the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library. The first feature film is one that I remember seeing in the movie theater as a child. “The Black Stallion,” starring Mickey Rooney in his 1979 Oscar-nominated role, will be shown tomorrow at 7 pm.

Another free library event begins next Wednesday and will surely entice fans of hot chowder and classic movies. The Friends of the Chilmark Public Library begin their winter Chowder and a Movie series on January 13. Every other Wednesday in January, February and March at 12 noon, the library will serve up a pot of hot chowder and a movie favorite from the 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s. The 1936 film “After the Thin Man,” starring William Powell and Myrna Loy as the wise-cracking, crime-solving duo Nick and Nora Charles, is the movie that kicks off the series.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Emily Boyd, who turned two on New Years Day. She shares her special day with both Jenny Christy and Sarah Andresen. Emily celebrated with her extended family including cousins Finnegan and Linden MacLeod. Emily’s aunt Hope celebrated her birthday back on December 12 and I, being the scattered individual that I can be, forgot to mention it. Woops! Also celebrating over the New Year’s weekend were Cody Coutinho and Mathea Morais.

Cody, along with neighbor Kira Shipway, was inducted into the National Honor Society. Selection is based on four criteria: service, leadership, scholarship, and character. Congratulations to you and all of your fellow nominees.

El, Wren, Dash, Jenny, and Todd Christy ventured to Vermont to spend Christmas with Jenny’s sister, Chris, and her family. I spotted Jenny at the grocery store just after they pulled off the boat and she reported that all had a wonderful time but it was also nice to be home. Shortly after Jenny headed back to the car, her mother Marianne Neill, walked in, also just having stepped off the boat. She, too, reported having had a wonderful holiday surrounded by all of her grandchildren.

Emily Day’s mother, Mary Sossong, is visiting this week from Maine to help eliminate all of the Christmas candy. She also helped grandson Matthew, along with his dad Jeff, make a snowman. The Days convinced her to stay a few extra days and avoid travelling north in that white, fluffy stuff that seems to be blowing around out there quite a bit lately.

Did you know? New federal law requires most saltwater recreational fishermen to be documented in 2010. Massachusetts fishermen will be required to register with the National Marine Fisheries Service effective January 1. You can register or gather more information online via or by calling 888-674-7411.

Imogen, Ben, Kerry, and Stephen Taylor are back from a wonderful Christmas/New Year Disney vacation. The kids were thrilled to be surprised by their big brothers who flew in to meet them.

Today is the first day of the Chilmark School physical education skating program. The kids will all venture down to the skating rink for the next four weeks and glide around the ice. The younger children will all be paired up with an older buddy who will help them stay upright on the ice and offer skating tips to those who may need them.

This week, the Chilmark Fire Department offers another fire safety tip. If your cut tree is still in your home then it has probably dropped most of its needles and lends itself to being a huge fire hazard. It is time to dispose of your tree properly or simply set it outside for the winter birds to enjoy (that’s a lovely little tip from our Aquinnah neighbor, Albert Fischer). Never put tree branches or needles in a fireplace or wood-burning stove.

Director Sarah Kuh of Vineyard Health Care Access Program/Vineyard Smiles shares that there will be a dental clinic for senior residents of Chilmark and West Tisbury, which is scheduled for January 22. Seniors who want an appointment need to complete a registration form, which are available at the Howes House. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah at her office 508-696-0020, ext. 11.

I know it’s not a Chilmark thing but I thought some of you couples out there might be interested in the following: To celebrate 25 years of ownership, Mansion House is hosting a January “slumber party.” For just $25 per person, you can spend the night and enjoy all of the perks the hotel has to offer. For more information call 508-693-2200. Sounds like quite the date night to me.