In continuing our winter tour, I am reporting this week from the French Quarter, Mardi Gras central. I was told that this past weekend it was one degree warmer on the Vineyard than it was here.

We had a nice visit with some Edgartown folk Friday night, catching up with Boatner and Wendy Reily in their beautiful home on Prytania Street.

Welcome to the world, Miss Guiliana Lee Cavallo, born February 24 to proud parents, Anastasia Oliveira and Jonas Cavallo. Also happy to greet the 9-pound, 8- ounce bundle of joy were grandparents, Coo and Donna Cavallo and Michael and Courtney Oliveira and big brother Troy. Can’t wait to meet you, little one.

Edgartown tax volunteers have spent this winter studying and obtaining certification with the AARP-IRS Tax Assistance program. The tax team, composed of Ray Buckley, Mary Miller, Susan Schreck, Ann Vaughan, and John and Dorothy Dropick, provides free tax assistance for seniors Island-wide through the end of March. Openings in Tisbury and Edgartown are still available; you can schedule an appointment by calling the Anchors at 508-627-4368 or the Tisbury Senior Center 508-696-4205.

The Martha’s Vineyard Center for Living will sponsor their third cultural luncheon on Saturday, March 12, from noon to 2 pm, at The Grill on Main in Edgartown. Kerry Alley will be the keynote speaker on the influence and contributions of the Portuguese community on Martha’s Vineyard. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling Leslie Clapp at 508-939-9440.

The Catholic Parish of the Good Shepherd extends an invitation to all Islanders to a retreat on the topic of forgiveness, March 11 and 12, Friday, 7 to 8:30 pm; Saturday 9 am to 3 pm at the Parish Center, 33 School St, Oak Bluffs (across from the Oak Bluffs Town Hall). The retreat will include a powerful film screening, inspiring presentations, fellowship, and reflection. Admission is FREE and all families and adults are welcome. For more information, call the Parish Center at 508-693-0342.

American Cancer Society daffodils will be arriving March 15. Presales will be delivered. Additional daffodils can be purchased at two locations March 16, Cronig’s and outside the hospital cafeteria, starting at 10 am until sold out.

The Edgartown School will host their Fifth Annual Silent and Live Auction to benefit the Eighth Grade trip to Washington, D.C., Friday, March 11, from 6:30-9:30 pm at the Boathouse (above Atlantic Restaurant, overlooking Edgartown Harbor). The many great auction items include a Dairy Queen party, a school slumber party, an open gym party, a karaoke party, a pool party, gift certificates, jewelry, art, landscaping services, and a signed Bruins jersey.

On Friday, March 18, students who represented their classes and competed in the Edgartown School Spelling Bee, along with the entire sixth grade, will be attending the Island-Wide Spelling Bee. Students will be cheering on Paulo Pereira, a sixth grade student, who will represent Edgartown in the All-Island competition. Good luck, Paulo!

Happy belated birthday to Ethel Chapman from her friends at the Senior Center. Ethel celebrated her day March 4. Hope you had a lovely time.

Belated birthday wishes go out to Barbara Rogers, who celebrated her day March 4. Tosses of confetti today for Michael Benjamin and Richard Prieto, who share a March 10 birthday. Hope you have fun.