Oak Bluffs


Well the town is “in the pink,” and many other colors, as most of the spring-flowering trees and shrubs are at their peak this time of year. Take a stroll up Circuit Ave. and through many of the streets around the town and everywhere areas of bright colors from the trees or plants will catch your eye. To add to the beauty, many homes and shops are being renovated or painted. How welcoming we will look when the busy summer season arrives.

The Annual Miles of Memories Alzheimer’s Walk is Sunday May 15. The walk leaves Ocean Park at 12 noon and proceeds to the Little Bridge and back. Registration is at 11. Team Bink will be there once again and they invite anyone to join them, or they are welcome to drop a tax-deductible donation off at Bink’s Auto on Winthrop Ave. in Oak Bluffs. Checks can be made out to ASCCI (Alzheimer’s Services of Cape Cod and the Islands). Please consider walking for this important cause.

ACE MV is once again offering on-Island courses. On Saturday, May 14, from 9:15 am to 2:15 pm there will be an Introduction to Children’s Literature, ENL 120-64, a 3-credit hybrid course at MVRHS. On Wednesday, May 25, from 5 to 9 pm there will be a Food Safety Sanitation Mini-Course with Alice Robinson at MVRHS. You may find info and registration forms for either class at www.acemv.org.

AmeriCorps NCCC members who are working with the Stone Soup Leadership Institute this spring attended an orientation on May 4 at the MVRHS. The Youth Leadership Summit will be held from June 18 to 24. If you would like to nominate a Vineyard youth, please get an application from: www.mvyli.org or email mvyouthleaders@gmail.com

On Thursday, May 19, from 6 to 9 pm, the Martha’s Vineyard Cancer Support Group will present their gala fundraiser, “An Evening Under the Stars,” at The Granary Gallery, 636 Old County Road, West Tisbury. This will be the 25th anniversary of the event.

There will be hors d’oeuvres, beverages, desserts, and music by Mike Benjamin. Dress is casual elegance. There is a $100 per-person tax-deductible contribution in advance or at the door. For more information, please call 508-696-9849.

Congratulations to Fred and Helene Hall, who will be celebrating their 12th year of marriage on May 15. Once more, time is speeding along.

Formerly homeless, author Liz Murray has transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey. On Tuesday, May 17, from 6 to 8 pm at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown, the M.V. Women’s Network will host a talk by Liz as she takes us on her inspirational journey from street smarts to classroom triumphs and discusses her book “Breaking Night.” A book signing and dessert reception follows the program.

The Martha’s Vineyard Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 1 pm at the Wakeman Center off Lambert’s Cove Road in Tisbury. The title of guest speaker Philip Kyle’s program is “Nature Deficit Disorder.” A hospitality hour with refreshments will follow the program. Advance registration by 5 pm on May 15 is required because seating is limited.

If you enjoyed the exhibit and program at The MV Museum, “Those who Served,” from M.V. during WWII, the Museum is sponsoring readings at the Oak Bluffs Library from this book on Saturday, May 14, at 3 pm. Many Oak Bluffs residents are featured in these readings.

Congratulations to Oak Bluffs School 2nd grade student Jason Miranda who was one of 400 students picked out of 107,000 students nation wide in the Doodle for Google Contest.

You may purchase black Oak Bluffs School tee-shirts with long or short sleeves, in sizes ranging from small children to XXL adult. This is a fundraiser for the class of 2013. Contact the school for more info.

The spring musical at the school is always most entertaining, and this year it will be presented on May 13, 14, & 15.

Birthday Smiles to Olivia Hall who celebrated May 11, special smiles to Marion Cardoza who celebrates a milestone birthday on May 12, Steve Garvin on the 14th Lester White on May 15, and Andrew Farrissey and Heidi Jardin on May 18.

More than 35 years ago, when she was around 12 years old, a young lady came running to my front door with my dog Pepper on the end of a rope. Panting from running, she said “Quick Mrs. Alley, hide Pepper, I just let him out of the dog catcher’s car.” So today I wish special birthday smiles on May 18 to Louise Dahil and again thank her for rescuing my dog.

Enjoy your week.