Finally some good weather! What a beautiful weekend we just had. Saturday was a perfect day for a jog around Sheriff’s Meadow and a ride out on Norton Point. The only downfall to this time of year is that tickle in my throat that can’t quite decide whether it’s allergies or a cold. But the daffodils! So pretty!

Kate Conde has just returned from a visit to Paris, where she feasted on baguettes and cheese, and rode around on a bike with a basket on the front as if she’d hopped right out of a painting in the Louvre. Nice to have you back, my well-traveled friend.

The annual Earth Day beach cleanup will take place on Saturday, April 16, from 10 am to 12 noon. Supplies are provided, but bringing your own gloves might be a good idea. Riley’s Reads has donated raffle prizes for kids, and SBS will host a free barbecue following the cleanup. The Edgartown beaches that will be cleaned include State Beach (at Bend in the Road), Fuller Street Beach, Lighthouse Beach, South Beach (right and left fork), and Wilson’s landing.

Ernie Dewing of Chappaquiddick is proud to announce the release of his new album, entitled “Thru the Glass.” For more information on where to purchase, and for Ernie’s story, visit his artist page at http://www.reverbnation.com/ernie. Sounds like there is a lot of solid collaboration here from Island artists.

Felix Neck needs volunteers to be part of a project to collect data on Island horseshoe crab populations. Sessions take place today, Thursday, April 14, from 1:30 to 3 pm, and Saturday, May 7, from 9 to 10:30 am. For further information and registration, please call Felix Neck, 508-627-4850.

Sharky’s continues their Dine-to-Donate program, during which the restaurant donates a portion of all food sales to that week’s featured Island organization. Upcoming beneficiaries include Relay for Life Cancer Walk Team (April 17), The FARM institute (April 19), Rainbow Place Pre-School (April 25), MV Center for Living (April 26), You’ve Got a Friend, “Heather Jardin night” (April 27), Friends of Kevin Searle (May 1), Avon Breast Cancer Walk Team Imma Be the Cure (May 3), Rising Tide Equestrian Center (May 10). For more information, call 508-627-6565.

Vineyarders are invited to nominate a young person (ages 15-18) from Martha’s Vineyard to serve as a delegate to the 2011 Youth Leadership Summit for Sustainable Development. It will be held from June 18 to 24. MVYLI youth Emma HallBilsback, Amoy Anderson, Shawna Brown, and Shavanae Anderson will serve as camp counselors at the Youth Summit. Young people can get applications from them or visit the MVYLI website designed by Oscar Thompson: www.mvyli.org. The MVYLI’s mission is to develop the next generation of leaders. Young people are nominated by nonprofit organizations, schools, and community leaders to attend MVYLI’s Youth Summit.

The United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard will hold Palm Sunday Worship Service, featuring scripture, word, music, and drama, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Sunday, April 17, at 10 am. For more information, call 508-693-4424. The group will also host a Christian Seder supper on Thursday, April 21, at 6 pm in the Baylies Room of the Old Whaling Church. To reserve your space, call 508-693-1608 by Sunday, April 17.

Happy, happy birthday to Miss Isabella Florio who will blow out her first candle on April 17. Here’s to many more, little friend.