Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Green food offerings are appearing all over town, and there’s a teen dance at the YMCA.

Welcome home to Gretchen Jacobs. She is now happily settled into Windemere and hopes her friends can drop by.

Some of the snowbirds are heading home as well. Keep an eye out for the return of your missing neighbors as the days lengthen.

Won’t you learn CPR today? You know, you could save my life. Jeff Pratt is a qualified Massachusetts EMT-Paramedic and AHA CPR and Advanced Life Support Instructor. He will be teaching the new CPR standards plus first aid at the Mansion House this Monday and Wednesday. You attend both sessions. These classes are appropriate for childcare providers, home health aides, camp counselors, and Captain’s License candidates and the general public. The cost is $50 per student for both nights and includes your card and book. These classes will be offered again in April and May.

To register, contact Jeff Pratt, 508-560-3164 or email jpratt@capecod.net. The American Heart Association announced new standards in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) last year for everyone from healthcare professionals to the public. Find out more at www.heart.org, CPR and ECC, or You Tube: 2010 Guidelines for CPR.

I have not enjoyed the fact that in the new hospital every lab or testing facility is even farther away than the last one. I had the opportunity last week to race down several long hallways to get to the various locations. What I hadn’t thought about was that all that long distance scurrying could have been harmful to my health. It was at least exhausting. That said, aren’t we lucky to have such a grand facility available to us.

This Saturday from 1 to 3 pm is the Mini Book Sale at the Vineyard Haven Library, with bargain bags and free items this month. There are some free books, so it is worth checking out. You know it is a good cause. Proceeds benefit children’s programs supported by the Friends of the Library.

When I am ill, I want the doctor to use any method to see what is wrong and then to fix it. Well, I always thought I did. Then I found out about slow medicine, an approach that encourages less aggressive and less costly care at the end of life. This process encourages physicians to put on the brakes when considering care that may have high risks and limited rewards for the elderly, and educates families how to limit trips to the ER. Learn more on Tuesday at 7 pm at the V.H. Library.

Next Tuesday morning at the library the little ones up to age 5 will sing songs, and share poems, stories, and fun with Kathy Forrester. Then Wednesday afternoon is a free Tween Time Movie for ages 8 to 11. Sadly, a super-villain conquers his nemesis, but finds life pointless without a hero to fight. Free movie at 3 pm, rated PG, with popcorn.

Big bunches of birthday balloon wishes go out today to Austin Chandler and Doug Dorchester. Tomorrow best wishes go to Matthew Barton and his cousin Ben Bartolini from Eastham. Saturday’s parties are for Lois Kavanagh, Susan Mone, and Susan Weyl. Sheri Thomas, Grace Jackson, Phoenix Russell celebrate on Sunday. Music will be in the air to celebrate the special day for Barbara Dacey of WMVY and Skip Bailey on Monday. On Tuesday, wish the best to Rosemary Milewski and the Rev. Rob Hensley at Grace Church.

Heard on Main Street: Be Irish for a day. It’s fun.