Be thankful for all your friends. Friends are those special people who become an intrinsic piece of the fabric of your life. These are the ones who cradle your broken heart or listen as you quake through your fragile moments and help you survive them. They understand the deepest need for occasional silence with a cup of tea. They help you withstand the battering waves of emotion and prop you up when you need it. Friends watch for the practical ways they can fulfill your unvoiced needs and guide you back onto the pathways of your life.

There is a lovely avocado tree in the high-ceilinged sunny lobby of the YMCA. This tall beautiful tree was given by Olin Gannon. It was grown from a seed he planted, as I understand it, when he was only three years old.

The Friends of the V.H. Library not only celebrated the value of the volunteers and staff last week but also gave the library director a special gift. In recognition of the many hours of volunteer time given by the director’s husband in support of a variety of library activities, the Friends gave David and Amy Ryan a gift certificate for dinner at Le Grenier.

Sign up for a class in Indian Cooking with Uma Datta next Tuesday at 7 pm at the library. Uma Datta is an experienced caterer and cooking teacher. She will show how to cook using Indian spices and demonstrate some new recipes. Class size is limited.

Understanding health care services on the Vineyard can be difficult and confusing. Learn more next Wednesday morning at 10 am at the Tisbury Senior Center. Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, Island Hospice and the Vineyard Nursing Association will discuss the services offered, including the benefits expected from each and how they work together to provide critical health care to Island residents. Coffee and tea breads will be offered.

The Friday after Thanksgiving features the free family movie “The Wizard of Oz.” The film begins at 2 pm at the Capawock Theater and benefits the Island Food Pantry. Bring at least one non-perishable food item for the Pantry.

This Saturday the Louisa Gould Gallery invites you to the opening reception for the annual Small Wonders Show. From 5 to 7 pm you can meet the artists whose work will be on display all through the holiday season. The artists include Doug Kent, John Holladay, Anthony Benton Gude, Laura Roberts, Maya Farber, Leslie Kenny, Kathryn Wronski, Charles Fran Kenney, and Louisa Gould. Enjoy delightful paintings, beautiful jewelry, bronze sculpture, glassware, and photographs. Refreshments and nibbles will be served.

Starting Monday the Tisbury School Library will host a Scholastic Book Fair, a fun-filled book sale and literacy event geared to excite children about reading and learning. You are invited Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 2:45 to 4 pm and Wednesday from 2:45 to 7 pm. Books will be available for all ages, including adults. The funds raised at the Book Fair will buy print, audio and video resources that support the curriculum and the reading interests of students.

The Heath Hen is now cozily combined with both fabrics and yarn in the old yarn room. Customers enter through the Remax door and take the first door on the left. Cozy seems fitting for a shop dedicated to warm quilts and fuzzy sweaters.

Next Thursday evening from 6 to 9 pm the Federated Church invites you to a wine party called A Festival of Wreaths. Wonderfully decorated natural wreaths will be auctioned to benefit the 1820 parsonage. The $10 entry includes two glasses of wine.

Every Saturday from Thanksgiving until Christmas, from 10 am to 2 pm, you are invited to purchase items made by African artists, from Zambezi dolls, Tuareg silver jewelry, Zambian baskets, Ghanian patchwork, to Mukuni wooden bowls. Shop at 20 Road to Great Neck in West Tisbury or call Marsha Wynsrig at 508-693-4059. Beautiful handmade crafts help support Zambian disabled children.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Chris Chandler who celebrates Friday. Also good wishes for a rapid recovery from his recent surgery. Happy birthday to Adam Rogers and Joseph Canha who party next Tuesday. Wednesday belongs to Porter Fraser and David Grey. Wish them a very happy day.

Heard on Main Street: Happy Turkey Day (you are welcome to catch one in our yard).