Didn’t we all glory in that beautiful spring weather last week? It was grand while it lasted. We probably won’t see much more warmth and sunshine like that until next April.

Keep practicing writing — 2011, 2011, 2011. Why does this seem so much like a date from some piece of science fiction?

New Year’s Day was indeed a beautiful one. It was sunny and warm enough for sweaters and tempting for walkers and runners and bike riders. We enjoyed a birthday party celebrating John Chapman finally coming of age.

The streets are quieter and parking places are appearing all over the place, Now that we have our Island back for a while, be sure to enjoy it.

Once again those who enjoyed Christmas dinner at Grace Church had a delicious meal served on snowy white tablecloths, complete with all kinds of treats. Your neighbors gathered with friends, old and new, for a happy holiday. Even leftovers were available.

I have just heard the latest in natural remedies. This one is for shingles. Supposedly fresh pineapple or papaya have an enzyme which helps to cure this painful ailment. I always prefer tasty natural cures. Even if there are no miraculous properties, tasty treats are always pleasant and might distract you from your problems.

If your New Year’s resolution is to learn more this year, you have only until 6 pm tonight to register at the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School for the winter session of ACE MV classes, or you can register anytime online at www.acemv.org.

Don’t miss this one: Chris Morse, owner of the Granary Gallery at the Red Barn, will talk about the noted photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt at the Vineyard Haven Library on Sunday at 2 pm. You will be privileged to see some of Eisenstaedt’s more famous images on display. Light refreshments prepared by the Friends of the Library will be served following the talk.

This month the library is hosting a series of talks by Jim Norton, continuing over the next two Tuesday evenings at 7 pm. The topic is the 13th century Persian theologian and poet known simply as Rumi. The Christian Science Monitor says that Rumi “has become the best-selling poet in the United States.” You will explore the Persian and Muslim contexts of Rumi’s work. This promises to be a thought-provoking experience.

Karen Rego invites you to enjoy Stone Soup at the Stone Church. The Stone Church is the Methodist Church at the corner of Church and William Streets. Delicious corn chowder, homemade breads, dessert, and beverage will be served this Saturday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. All are welcome to this free community lunch.

The Martha’s Vineyard Women’s Network presents Bonnie Marcus next Tuesday. She will speak on career goal setting. The program is at the Mansion House at 11:30 am. The Mansion House also offers tours of its spa and fitness center at 11 am. Register by 2 pm on Monday at www.mvwomensnetwork.org.

The Nutcracker ballet is familiar even to those who haven’t seen it performed. Here is an unusual version. A one-hour documentary profiles multi-ethnic performances in the special “Urban Nutcracker” created by Anthony Williams. See this at 2 pm a week from Sunday at the Capawock Theater.

Celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., with the Martha’s Vineyard NAACP. The membership dinner will begin at 5 pm at the Harbor View Hotel on January 17. For more information call 508-696-5785.

I didn’t think it possible, but Ed Colligan called to tell me about his great-granddaughter’s special birthday. Is he really old enough to have a great-granddaughter? Congratulations to Sara Kuehne. Next Tuesday is the 11th. Sara will be 11 years old on the 11th day of the first month of 2011. That’s impressive.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out to Taylor Higgins. She parties today. Tomorrow, wish the best to Judy Belushi Pisano. Allyson Wajda celebrates on Saturday, as does Ned Orleans. Happy birthday on Monday to David Burt. Next Wednesday is a special day for Gay Nelson.

Heard on Main Street: If the grass is greener on the other side, perhaps you should water your grass.